Next Generation Mobile Painting Robot

Paint Robots have been in the industrial for decades mainly to improve painting quality. There are numerous brand of robots in the market that can be used for autonomous painting. However, most of them required permanent fixtures and positioning of robot arm in a fixed working area. Having the robot arm to move around is a big no-no, reason being is the accuracy of the positioning, fire hazard handling and the navigation technology.

Aerospace Malaysia Innovative Centre (AMIC) acknowledged the challenge and lined up the top technical team from the particular industrial players to look into this matter. It’s an honour for DF Automation and Robotics R&D to join force with the technical expert from Spirit Aerosystem Malaysia and Universiti Malaya, to deliver the first of it’s kind mobile painting robot in Malaysia.

The project involved the integration of Zalpha-TS-03E trackless navigation AGV and Universal Robot UR10 together with Keyence camera vision system for positioning of the painting gun at the tip of the robot arm. With the flexibility of Zalpha-TS-03E and Navwiz operating system, the integration went smoothly and efficiently  shorten the time spent for hardware integration. The team is able to focus in improving the paint spraying algorithm without worrying much on the hardware limitation and programming. DF Automation and Robotics Zalpha trackless AGV have also went through a series of review by international fire hazard expert to justify for it’s operation inside the paint room.

Advance Visual System for Positioning of Spraying Gun

The project collaboration takes 6 months before it’s being deployed to the site for stress test and fine tuning. The project have been visited by Spirit Aerosystem global CEO, Mr Tom Gentile and Malaysia Prime Minister, YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir on December 2018 at Putra Jaya, Malaysia. The project have also been awarded the “G-Mark” good design award from Japan, for it’s innovative idea to improve safety of the operation environment and it’s breakthrough for improving the painting quality of airplane.

Good Design Award 2018 Certificate

Visited by The Prime Minister, YAB Tun Dr Mahathir at Putra Jaya

DF Sponsored Robocon Malaysia 2018

We are one of the proud sponsor of Robocon Malaysia 2018. Robocon has been in our blood as it has cultivated a lot of talented engineers in Malaysia. And you guess it right, many of us working in DF has joined Robocon since 2002. Not sure if you know, DJI is founded by ex-roboconer in Hong Kong. So, we gotta support this good programme for the undergraduates. Check us on Sunday, 22nd April 2018 at Dewan Seri Sarjana, UNITEN as we will be showing Opening Robot Gimmick. See you all there!

[Awards] Best Industrial Application at 17th APICTA Awards


We are very happy to announce DF representing Malaysia has won Best Industrial Application at 17th APICTA Awards happening in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 9th December 2017. Patrick Chin, DF’s Senior Software Architect receiving the award.

The product that won the award is NavWiz, an easy to use software to program a mobile robot. During the presentation, we showed live demonstration to control a robot in Malaysia all the way from Bangladesh. Industry 4.0 is nearer than you think.

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